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Old January 23rd, 2012, 03:52 AM   #19
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Default Re: rattle can spray job

Originally Posted by metalmaster1766 View Post
I have seen a few cars and trucks that were painted by brush and you couldn't even tell until you got up close to it and looked real good, it was hard to tell

Trust me, you couldn't tell the paint job on my boat was brushed no matter how close you got. It's a matter of using the right brushes, proper thinning, sanding, buffing and polishing.

You don't need a steady hand, either. The finishing stages eliminate the brush marks. Back in the 1910's and 20's this is the way factory cars were painted.

Oops, sorry for the spray-bomb hijack. Actually, same principal applies - the end result depends on the finish work. Back in the early hot rod days driveway mechanics used to spray their cars with lacquer using the exhaust from a vacuum cleaner to power the gun (talk about HVLP!) ... not even as nice a finish as a spray bomb, but the lacquer dried so fast you didn't expect it to be smooth. Then you color sanded and buffed. An amazing finish was possible and when it got dull you could buff it again. Spot repairs were easy, too. Enamels replaced lacquers because they flowed better and held their shine longer and you could get away without sanding and buffing.

No reason a spray bomb paint job couldn't be sanded and rubbed out, assuming enough paint has been applied and it is properly cured.

Here's a good brush paint tutorial:

Here's one for spray bomb:
In the end, you have to be satisfied with your own work.

Last edited by fishguts; January 23rd, 2012 at 04:53 AM.
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